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[ecrea] CfP Symposium "Current Challenges to Mediatized Science Communication"
Mon Dec 18 17:03:30 GMT 2017
*Call for Papers*
*Interdisciplinary Symposium at the University of Rostock*
*7th – 9th of June 2018*
*Current Challenges to Mediatized Science Communication*
IAMCR-Section „Mediated Communication, Public Opinion and Society“
Department „Knowledge – Culture – Transformation“ at the
Interdisciplinary Faculty of the University of Rostock
Organized by: Corinna Lüthje & Franziska Thiele
Science communication is constantly in transition due to technological
and social change. Scientific frameworks and requirements are shifting.
Science communication reacts to this and adjusts. But with new
communication patterns come new communicative challenges and problems.
The transformation and consequent challenges affect all areas of science
communication, external as well as internal, public as well as across
fields and formal as well as informal communication. The aim of this
interdisciplinary Symposium is to discuss current challenges to science
communication by entering into a dialogue with science communication
researchers and colleagues of other disciplines.
Possible topics to be discussed in the Symposium are:
*1.**Scholarly Communication and New Media Technology:*
There is a noticeable increasing mobility of work media across
disciplines in the informal scholarly communication, leading to a
dissolution of hours and places of work. Social media not only offer the
opportunity to connect with other scientists, but also to spread
information that before could only be shared with the public via
classical mass media. The emergence of open access publications presents
science communication with many new challenges.
Questions for this topic could be: What media are being used for what
kind of science communication? What are problems these different media
cater to? How has scholarly communication among scientists changed? Are
there any differences between disciplinary and interdisciplinary science
communication and what do they look like? What impact do academic social
networking sites have? Which disciplines prefer using which type of
publications and why? Which advantages and disadvantages do different
types of publications on- and offline present?
*2.**Complexity and Uncertainty in Science and Risk Societies:*
When communicating with the public scientists frequently ask themselves
how much reduction of complexity is necessary to present results in a
comprehensible manner without oversimplifying them. The question is
closely connected to the concern that journalists might describe and
interpret knowledge and the process of knowledge production incorrectly.
Furthermore, in scientific risk assessment or prognosis scientists make
statements with a high degree of uncertainty that is difficult to
communicate. How complex may science present itself? What role do
different forms of external science communication play in different
disciplines? How accurate can scientists assess the risks of
technological innovations? How are risks communicated by scientists?
Have the relationships between scientists and journalists changed? How
is the external and internal perception of science communication with
the public? How much uncertainty can the communication of science with
stakeholders or the public take?
*3.**Fake News and Science – Crisis of Credibility and Confidence:*
Fake news in relation to politics are currently considered to be a
pressing problem. For science their dissemination is equally
problematic. Fake news can weaken the confidence in science and lead
science into a crisis of credibility. Can science hinder the
dissemination of fake news or even prevent it? Has the emergence of fake
news changed the communication with stakeholders and if so, how? What
forms of communication and media are used to communicate with
stakeholders and what works best? How can public trust in science be
increased and a crisis of credibility prevented?
Participatory science offers a great opportunity to improve of
communication between scientists and the public.
By involving non-scientist agents and including indigenous knowledge
when developing innovative technologies and creating new scientific
knowledge risk perception and resistance can be decreased and
acceptance, transfer and implementation of innovations increased. A
deeper understanding of the mechanics of science among the public can
reduce insecurity and strengthen trust in science. The understanding of
scientists for processes and sensitivities outside of science can be
improved as well. This is likewise the case with public scientific
presentations and events. Questions for this topic could be: What forms
of participatory science exist until today? Are there rules to involve
stakeholders in scientific processes? If so: What rules should be
followed when doing participatory science? What are best practice
examples or new, promising forms of participatory science? What are
experiences with participatory science?
Submissions of scientists from all disciplines looking at science
communication from a disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspective and
topics and questions not mentioned above at are welcome.
The *abstracts* should not contain more than *300 words* and can be sent
in a PDF format via email to (corinna.luethje /at/ uni-rostock.de)
<mailto:(corinna.luethje /at/ uni-rostock.de)>or
(franziska.thiele /at/ uni-rostock.de)
<mailto:(franziska.thiele /at/ uni-rostock.de)>until the *15th of February 2018*.
A publication with selected contributions to the Symposium is planned.
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